Clarion Hotel South Bay - Shelltown

One- or Two-Night Stay at Clarion Hotel South Bay in National City, CA

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Newly Renovated Hotel near San Diego

Since it has 70 miles of coastline and gets year-round sunshine, San Diego is bound by physics to attract tourists. The city is known for its surf shops and laid-back citizens, to be sure, but there's more to its DNA than that. San Diego is located on the Pacific, just north of the Mexican border; you can get great fish tacos at local drive-in shops. Victorian-era buildings and gourmet restaurants make up the Gaslamp Quarter, a historical district in the center of town. Clarion Hotel South Bay, located 5 miles from downtown San Diego, has a free shuttle, which will drop you off at the beach or downtown areas and then take you back to retire to a quiet, contemporary guest room.

In the morning, stop by the Southbay Café for a complimentary American breakfast featuring eggs and fresh fruit. The Southbay Cantina also offers casual cuisine onsite; right by the hotel, you can also stop for a quick meal at a Chinese restaurant and a greasy-spoon-type diner.

Feel free to unwind in the property's outdoor pool or hot tub. Spacious guest rooms are spiced up with bursts of red fabric and feature homey amenities, including a refrigerator, microwave, and flat-screen TV.

National City, California: Historic City near the Museums and Electric Nightlife of San Diego

National City is situated about 5 miles south of San Diego proper. The famed Brick Row homes, built by Frank Kimball and located in the center of National City, are worth dropping by.

Make the trip into San Diego, though, for the beach and more historical places such as The Gaslamp Quarter, arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.

During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There's also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.

Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two in a king-bed or two-double-bed room. Includes daily breakfast and nonalcoholic drinks for two.

  • Option 1: $65 for one night (up to a $119 value)
  • Option 2: $125 for two nights (up to a $238 value)
  • Option 3: $179 for three nights (up to a $357 value)

Book by: 11/16/12
Travel by: 1/31/13

Included in All Options:

  • Daily breakfast and nonalcoholic drinks for two (a $20 value)

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Outdoor heated pool and hot tub
  • Restaurant and bar
  • 24-hour exercise room
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Complimentary airport and local-area shuttle

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 11/16/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 1/31/12
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • Must cancel by 4pm PST one day prior to scheduled arrival or fee of applicable one-night’s stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Valid only for One King Bed or Two Double Rooms
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 12.5% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Microwave and refrigerator

King-Bed Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 for each additional guest 18 or older; kids 17 or younger stay free

Two-Double-Bed Room

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 for each additional guest 18 or older; kids 17 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per day
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $50 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 7 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • By cab: about $30 from SAN
  • By car: 6 miles south of San Diego

Customer Reviews

66 Ratings

close to freeway,good breakfast
Stan F. · February 19, 2013
The staff was great!
Kimberly E. · January 16, 2013
Great breakfast included
Dennise B. · January 6, 2013
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